Nuit Blanche + RUTAS Symposium: A Home for Our Migrations

Nuit Blanche + RUTAS Symposium: A Home for Our Migrations will take place from September 27 to October 3, 2022, directly preceding Nuit Blanche Toronto and during the RUTAS Festival. The event will provide art lovers and creators with unique opportunities to engage with more than 60 internationally renowned artists, academics and thought-leaders, including Nuit Blanche Artistic Director and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media, Dr. Julie Nagam.

This seven-day symposium brings together scholars, artists and community activists for lively dialogues, workshops, keynote speakers and unforgettable performances, taking place at locations across Toronto.

Registration is free and now open. More information about Nuit Blanche + RUTAS Symposium: A Home for Our Migrations is available on The Space Between us webpage.

Presenters will explore topics that respond to emerging artistic practices and growing migrant and environmental crises. These include transformative curatorial practices, the future of public art, performance actions, the intersections of labour, land and diasporic memory, mobility as an artistic method, the politics of displacement and transnational collaboration.

Here are just some of the speakers taking part in Nuit Blanche + RUTAS Symposium: A Home for Our Migrations.

Oya – Daughters of the diaspora, 2022, Destinie Adelakun.

Destinie Adelakun will be a speaker at Nuit Blanche + RUTAS Symposium: A Home for Our Migrations. Destinie Adelakun is an award-winning contemporary Canadian multi-disciplinary artist.

Blue Girl, 2022, Rah Eleh

Rah Eleh will speak at Nuit Blanche + RUTAS Symposium: A Home for Our Migrations. Rah Eleh is a digital and performance artist and her work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally.

those who watch over us, 2022, Yung Yemi

Yung Yemi (Adeyemi Adegbesan) will speak at Nuit Blanche + RUTAS Symposium: A Home for Our Migrations. Adeyemi Adegbesan is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist whose practice aims to examine the intersectionality of Black identity.

Nuit Blanche + RUTAS Symposium: A Home for Our Migrations is co-produced by the City of Toronto, the RUTAS Festival and Aluna Theatre, Hemispheric Encounters, The Space Between Us, the Aabijijiwan New Media Lab at the University Winnipeg and the Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.


Nuit Blanche Connects artist: Whyishnave Suthagar

Nuit Connects Artist Talk
On October 3, the Symposium will feature an engaging talk and an opportunity to view the work of Nuit Blanche Connects artist Whyishnave Suthagar at Scarborough Town Centre.

Nuit Connects is a relationship-building, mentorship and knowledge-sharing program and was inspired by the impassioned commitment to community, mentorship and reciprocity demonstrated by Scarborough participants in the inaugural Nuit Blanche in Scarborough in 2018.

Nuit Blanche + RUTAS Symposium: A Home for Our Migrations
September 27 to October 3 at locations around Toronto.

Special thanks to Nuit Talks Premier Partner, Doris McCarthy Gallery and the department of Arts, Culture & Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


About Nuit Blanche Toronto
Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s free all-night celebration of contemporary art, returns this fall for its 16th edition from sunset on October 1 to sunrise on October 2. Toronto’s biggest celebration of contemporary art will include works by more than 150 local, national and international artists and, for the first time, present exhibition areas across Toronto.

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Contact info:
Rachel Fender, Nuit Blanche
Rachel.Fender@toronto.ca